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Sean Payton reviews the Saints preseason home opener

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Coach Payton met with the media after the game on Friday, August 15, 2014

“Obviously, that was painful to watch. I don’t recall, I can’t recall ever a game with that many penalties. And here is the thing; most of the ones I saw were good calls, so this isn’t about a crew calling a lot of penalties, this is about something I have to do a better job with. We will find ourselves at the short end of a game and then wonder about our offseason goals and what happened and we won’t know exactly what happened and you’ll hear about ... in a preseason game, (22) penalties, I’ve lost track. I have to do a better job in that area and it will start (at practice) on Sunday.”

On if they talked a lot about penalties after last week’s game:

“Absolutely, it is the first sign of a team that has no discipline and that is the first sign of poor coaching. The first sign along with quarterback-center exchange.”

On if he was upset after Jimmy Graham’s second dunk:

“Yes, I was. I’m very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly.”

On if he thinks the aggressiveness led to penalties:

“Here’s a number for you, you ready? Hear me out, five takeaways, we’re the nine-minute mark in the fourth quarter, we’re up seven. Let me say that again, five takeaways, nine-minute mark in the fourth quarter, up seven.”

On the quarterbacks:

“I thought both Luke (McCown) and Ryan (Griffin) did a lot of really good things. I thought they both located the ball well. I think you saw in Luke’s series influx and making some plays outside of the pocket. With Ryan, I thought you saw him step up and buy a little time and get the ball down the field a little bit. I thought there were a lot of positives to coach off of based on not looking at the tape but just first impressions.”

On players that need to make this team via special teams:

“I thought the coverage on kickoff was average. I thought our kickoff coverage was average. A lot of returns went into the end zone and we didn’t force them to punt, but I can’t count how many times we got a takeaway  or early on they got a field goal or touchdown so there weren’t very many punt opportunities. In fairness to that, I think that is easier when you put the tape on and start looking at individual matchups, but I just felt from a kickoff coverage standpoint it was poor.”

On Joe Morgan:

“It was encouraging that he got behind the defense and was able to make a few plays that we’ve seen him make prior to his injury. I was pleased with the way he played.”

On Joe Morgan having to prove he is not a one-trick pony:

“We don’t view him that way. Certainly, we like his speed. He’s physical and he can block and those are good combinations for a receiver. I think more than anything what is important for us in the evaluation process is how is he moving and tonight we saw him do a few things that were encouraging. Again, without having looked at the tape I think it was a real significant step for him in the right direction. The type of injury he had (in 2013) was pretty significant.”

On Vinnie Sunseri:

“I thought he played a lot better than last week. He was around the ball; he had a couple minus yardage plays in the running game, a turnover. He looked like he was relaxed. I said this to him during the week, last week it looked like he was in good position but he was a half count either behind or missing the tackle, and I felt like tonight was much better. We’ll see in the kicking game. Our plan tonight was to play three of those safeties quite a bit and I think we were able to do that.”